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  • Love animals? Become a volunteer at shelter Dec 26, 2014 12:43 PM
    The Anderson Animal Shelter, 1000 S. LaFox in South Elgin, welcomes volunteers interested in joining the foster program. Each spring, summer and fall, the shelter is inundated with kittens. During “kitty season,” the shelter needs foster homes to care for these tiny feline babies until they are ready for adoption, usually about two weeks. During “kitty season”, they may receive more than a litter of kittens each day so they need lots of fosters.

     
  • VNA Health offers free assistance for Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid enrollment Dec 26, 2014 12:14 PM
    VNA Health offers free assistance for Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicaid Enrollment. VNA Health Care's certified navigators can answer questions about who is eligible for the expanded Medicaid program, what is offered and how to get coverage on the Illinois Marketplace, and other benefits available. There is no charge for their assistance.

     
  • Master Gardener presents tools and tips for BodySmart Gardening Dec 26, 2014 7:29 PM
    This winter, join University of Illinois Extension to become a “BodySmart” Gardener, and find out how you can prevent aches and strains and make gardening more enjoyable. Presented by award-winning DuPage County Master Gardener Jan Hanson, the “BodySmart Gardening” workshop will focus on techniques to prevent injury while working in the yard.

     
  • Elgin Theatre Company to present “Leading Ladies” Dec 26, 2014 8:02 PM
    The Elgin Theatre Company will present “Leading Ladies,” a comedy by Ken Ludwig, on Jan. 9-25, at Kimball Street Theater in Elgin. The play, directed by Madeline Franklin, will explore how far would you go for three million dollars.

     
  • A look back at those we lost this year in Fox Valley this year Dec 26, 2014 10:16 AM
    A look back at some of the notable deaths of 2014 in the Fox Valley.

     
  • Nominate directors for Kane-DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District Dec 26, 2014 8:14 PM
    Nominations are now being accepted for the two-year term of the office of director of the Kane-DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District. To be considered for nomination as a candidate for the office of director, nominees must provide proof of residency or ownership of land located within the boundaries of the district.

     
  • Judson kicks off new year with visiting artist lecture Dec 23, 2014 12:57 PM
    As part of Judson University’s School of Art, Design, and Architecture Spring Lecture and Exhibition Series. visual artist Sergio Gomez will present a lecture at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, in Herrick Chapel. A reception in the Draewell Gallery at Harm A. Weber Academic Center will follow at 6 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

     
  • Girl Scout Troop 383 donates paintings to Cancer Care Center Dec 22, 2014 3:45 PM
    Members of Girl Scout Troop 383 from South Elgin visited the Cancer Care Center at Advocate Sherman Hospital on Dec. 21 to donate artwork they created.

     
  • Central High students named State Scholars Dec 22, 2014 2:47 PM
    Central High School students were recently named to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission’s 2015-2016 State Scholars List for outstanding academic achievement.

     
  • Gift Wrapping for Patients is Serious Business at Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System Dec 23, 2014 8:01 AM
    Gift Wrapping for Patients is Serious Business at Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System

     
  • Elk Grove Theatre Presents “The Shining” January 13 Dec 23, 2014 7:59 AM
    Elk Grove Theatre Presents “The Shining” January 13

     
  • Enjoy festive train displays at Sun City through Dec. 28 Dec 19, 2014 3:00 PM
    The Model Railroad Club of Sun City Huntley will be running model trains this holiday season through Dec. 28. Each year, the club raffles off three model train sets. This year’s raffle is a Canadian Pacific Passenger Train set that includes engine, cars, track and a transformer.

     
  • Heartland Voices presents its 16th Christmas program Dec 17, 2014 2:35 PM
    Heartland Voices, an Elgin-based adult choral ensemble, presents its 16th Christmas program at 3 or 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at First United Methodist Church in Elgin, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at Shepherd of the Prairie Church in Huntley. Selections include the Dale Warland arrangement of the “Wexford Carol,” a 12th-century Irish carol most likely of dancing origin, and Rollo Dilworth’s “Sistah Mary,” one of a very few African-American Christmas spirituals that recounts the birth of Christ from the perspective of a slave. Heartland Voices presentations also will include works by Durufle, Powell, Spencer, Hovland, and Kirkpatrick. The music not only spans the centuries, but the many moods of Christmas.

     
  • Holidays at Friendship Village Dec 18, 2014 7:30 AM
    Holidays at Friendship Village

     
  • Annual MLK breakfast will feature leader of interfaith youth movement Dec 19, 2014 5:33 PM
    Eboo Patel, Ph.D., whose Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) organization is focused on building the interfaith movement on college campuses nationwide, will be the featured speaker at the 20th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast hosted by Benedictine University and College of DuPage on Monday, January 19, 2015. The breakfast will be held from 8:00-9:30 a.m. in the Main Dining Room of the Krasa Student Center on the campus of Benedictine University. Patel, named by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Leaders of 2009,” is the founder and president of IFYC. The author of several books, Patel is also a regular contributor to The Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR and CNN. He served on President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and earned a Ph.D. in the Sociology of Religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. Patel serves on the Religious Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations, on the board of directors for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, on the National Committee of the Aga Khan Foundation USA, and on the Department of Homeland Security’s Faith-based Security and Communications Advisory Committee. Both Patel and the IFYC were honored with the Roosevelt Institute’s Freedom of Worship Medal in 2009, and he was recently awarded the Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize, which is given to an individual to enhance awareness of the crucial role of religious dialogue in the pursuit of peace. The King Breakfast, which honors the legacy of the civil rights leader and celebrates diversity, is one of the largest events of its kind in the state. More than 500 community leaders and citizens attend annually. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund. The event is sponsored by Nicor Gas. For more information and tickets, call the McAninch Arts Center at (630) 942-4000 or visit http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?pid=7882739. Tickets are $25 each.

     
  • Northwest Bible Baptist offers ‘A Christmas to Remember’ Dec 16, 2014 10:33 AM
    “A Christmas to Remember” is the title of the Christmas musical to be presented by the adult choir of the Northwest Bible Baptist Church of Elgin on Sunday, Dec. 21, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

     
  • Diversity showcased during Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration in Elgin Dec 16, 2014 10:34 AM
    Beauty Unique and Juanita Crears Events will sponsor the inaugural Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration to showcase the Fox Valley’s cultural diversity and its unity on Saturday, Dec. 20, in downtown Elgin.

     
  • Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System Finds Creative Ways to Celebrate Holidays with Patients and Staff Dec 17, 2014 7:29 AM
    Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System Finds Creative Ways to Celebrate Holidays with Patients and Staff

     
  • Oak Brook-based IMRF Receives Excellence Award Dec 19, 2014 5:41 PM
    Illinois Performance Excellence announces Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund of Oak Brook, IL is a recipient of the 2014 Silver Award for “Progress toward Excellence” for demonstrating effective, systematic, well-deployed approaches that respond to the multiple requirements to most of the Criteria. Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund will be formally honored at the 20th annual award recognition ceremony, “Saluting Excellence,” on March 26, 2015, held at the Abbington Banquets located in Glen Ellyn. “Congratulations to Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund and all of its employees for its commitment to an on-going journey to excellence,” says Darcy Davidsmeyer, President and CEO of Illinois Performance Excellence. “IMRF is taking the lead in its industry to address organizational performance and process/resource alignment with the outcome for better efficiencies, focus and overall results.” Recipients of the ILPEx Silver Award go to those organizations which have demonstrated effective, systematic, well-deployed approaches that respond to the multiple requirements to most of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) was created by the Illinois General Assembly. Since 1941, IMRF has partnered with local units of government to provide retirement, disability and death benefits for public employees. With a funded status of 96.7 percent and $33 billion in assets, IMRF is well-funded and sustainable. Today, IMRF has about 400,000 members and retirees, and serves nearly 3,000 different units of government, including towns and villages, libraries and park districts, and counties and school districts (non-teaching personnel). The average member who retired in 2013 had 22 years of service and received an annual benefit of about $16,500. “For any organization committed to excellence by improving the products or services it provides its customers, clients or members, the task of identifying and implementing the best approach can appear daunting. There are innumerable books and videos on the best management practices. The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund has found the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence as implemented by ILPEx to be the most successful and comprehensive approach for developing the culture and infrastructure necessary for meeting our customer service goals. Our members deserve the best and ILPEx is helping us to meet that challenge. IMRF is honored to be recognized for its progress toward excellence as it receives a Silver Award. This recognition and the feedback report support and reinvigorate our efforts to become a world class organization,” said Louis W. Kosiba, Executive Director, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. About Illinois Performance Excellence (ILPEx) ILPEx was founded in 1994 to nurture, develop and highlight excellence by bringing individuals and organizations together, to learn from each other, to share best practices for organizational change and process improvement. As a 501 (c)(3), ILPEx’s mission is to advance Illinois organizations’ capability and knowledge of performance excellence by delivering consultation, instruction and assessments within the framework of the Criteria for Performance Excellence. For more information on how your organization can benefit from services provided by Illinois Performance Excellence, visit www.ilpex.org, or call 630-637-1595. For more information on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, visit www.nist.gov/baldrige/.

     
  • Side Street Studio Arts presents 2nd annual Jingle Bell Jam! Dec 15, 2014 8:14 PM
    Side Street Studio Arts in downtown Elgin will host the second annual “Jingle Bell Jam!,” a day of music, featuring a wide range of area bands and solo musicians, on Saturday, Dec. 20. It is open to the public, with a $12 suggested donation at the door; $2 from every $12 donation will go to Food for Greater Elgin's Holiday Fund Drive.

     
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